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Perry Smith

Perry Smith is of Shuswap, Hungarian, and English ancestry and is a member of the Bonaparte First Nation located in Cache Creek, British Columbia. After more than 20 years of Powwow dancing throughout North America, Perry has developed a passion for sharing the tradition of dance with his wife, Jennifer, and their three sons, Elijah, Landon, and Evan. As a passionate educator, Perry is dedicated to sharing Indigenous perspectives and worldviews with all learners. 

Perry’s art form, Ledger Art, is of historical interest to him. He was first drawn to traditional hide paintings of the Plains First Nations. He learned that, as buffalo hides became unavailable to the Plains peoples, the ledgers became a medium that served as an adaption to this traditional practice.

Powwow Dancing With Family
Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3;

Drumming, singing, and dancing are all part of being at a Powwow. Perry and his family travel all over North America to participate in these family and community gatherings. Join Perry’s two boys as they share their treasured memories of being at Powwows with their family and learning how to dance.

"This engaging Canadian picture book shares the perspectives of the author and his two eldest sons—who participate in modern powwow dancing—on the powwow and its role as a celebration and tradition in Indigenous culture. Lavishly illustrated with photographs, vivid sketches, and ledger art, it provides a detailed description of each stage of the powwow, historical and contemporary aspects of the powwow, and pays homage to Indigenous culture and customs. This informative resource will support studies of Indigenous culture, history, traditions, community, art, and family lifestyle. Additional educational pages provide further information on powwows, traditional regalia, and dances." -ERAC Review, May 2019

Educator Information
Includes three pages of educational material on Powwows with information found under these headings:

  • What is a Powwow?
  • Powwow Regalia
  • Powwow Dances

About Perry Smith's Ledger Art:
Ledger Art is an art form that was developed in the mid 1800s to early 1900s by the Plains First Nations during a time when reserves were being established across North America. The ledger books were acquired in trade, war, or raid. New art supplies were also introduced: coloured pencils, crayons, and occasionally water paints. The new supplies were favoured by artists over the traditional bone and stick brushes. Many of the artworks within these ledger books display a traditional way of life, before assimilation. Today these artworks are greatly valued for the historical perspective that they offer.

Additional Information
32 pages | 8" x 8" | ISBN: 9781771743310 | Hardcover 

Authentic Canadian Content
Authentic Indigenous Text
Authentic Indigenous Artwork